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Owning Mahowny (2003)

A bank manager with: (a) a gambling problem and (b) access to a multimillion dollar account gets into a messy situation. Based on the story of the largest one-man bank fraud in Canadian history.

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Cast

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Frank Perlin
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Det. Ben Lock
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Dana Selkirk
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Bernie (as Chris Collins)
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Dave Quinson
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Parking Attendant
Tanya Henley ...
Teller
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Storyline

Dan Mahowny was a rising star at the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce. At twenty-four he was assistant manager of a major branch in the heart of Toronto's financial district. To his colleagues he was a workaholic. To his customers, he was astute, decisive and helpful. To his friends, he was a quiet, but humorous man who enjoyed watching sports on television. To his girlfriend, he was shy but engaging. None of them knew the other side of Dan Mahowny--the side that executed the largest single-handed bank fraud in Canadian history, grossing over $10 million in eighteen months to feed his gambling obsession. Written by Sujit R. Varma

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To some it's a game. To others it's a habit. But to Dan Mahowny -- beating the odds is everything See more »

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and some sexuality | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

25 September 2003 (Argentina)  »

Also Known As:

A Queda de um Jogador  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$33,287 (USA) (2 May 2003)

Gross:

$1,011,054 (USA) (17 October 2003)
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Trivia

While this is not technically a remake, the film The Borrower (1984) is based on the same true story. See more »

Goofs

Movie takes place in 1980-1982, however Air Canada jets seen in the background at the airport are painted in a design first introduced in the mid-to-late-'90s. See more »

Quotes

[when asked why he'd never been to Niagra Falls]
Dan Mahowny: I don't want to use up all of Canada too soon.
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Crazy Credits

At the end of the closing credits you'll see the strongroom door from the start again and hear the sound of the ball in a roulette wheel. Rien ne vas plus. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Daily Show: Philip Seymour Hoffman (2003) See more »

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Interesting film
11 February 2003 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I chose this film based on its cast, not its plotline, which I didn't really think sounded very interesting. However, I've been a fan of Philip Seymour Hoffman since State and Main, and I also like Minnie Driver, so we took a chance and bought tickets for this film. I was so glad I did. It was a fascinating (kind of like looking at an accident) look at a "nice guy's" descent into gambling. It started small, and continued to spiral out of control as we watched in horrified disbelief. In fact, I would say that the script was unrealistic if I didn't know this was based on a true story. One little complaint...Minnie's blond wig was rather distracting, and truly not necessary. Other than that, I highly recommend this film.


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